Then they trot out the lie that "old nuke is getting more expensive because we have to stay on top of the maintenance to keep you safe" usually shortly followed by "but don't worry, the new nuclear is bigger and more efficient and has higher economies of scale" so therefore it will be cheaper than unreliable solar or any other source except hydro. And you know that evil hydro kills tadpoles......
So what is a person to do? Who do you trust? Well, below I do the relevant calculations based upon real data from Vogtle 3 and 4, currently under construction. And I'll show you the subcharts that feed into it. Then I will let you download the spreadsheet where you can get to the source data and actual calculations. You can modify the inputs if you wish, say give them a 90% capacity factor instead of the 85% that I used.
Sheesh, even a pro-nuker is going to have to, to a great degree, agree with these costs. They might quibble over a few things, but it is basically right in there
15 cents per kWH for New Nuclear. This ignores quite a few costs. So probably 20 to 25 cents per kWH is a more realistic argument, and if anyone wishes to take a stab at those external costs, please add them to the spreadsheet and email it to me here
Here we go
Cost of the Plants and Operation
And Average Cost Per kWH Calculation
Annual Production Cost, Using an Inflation Factor, But Neglecting Increased Maintenance Cost as Time Goes Forward.
You know what to do. Shut them all down, Phase them out strategically.
But it's from a vested interest group and still comes up with a large number for electricity cost.
12.78 cents per kWH